Wednesday, August 15

Conference Sessions

9:00-10:15 “Speed Geeking” Tech Demos DELTA Staff D.H.Hill Library, ITTC Lab 1
10:15-10:30 Break D.H.Hill Library, Assembly Room
10:30-11:30 Schedule Rest Stops: Chunking Video

Video has become a popular format for instructional delivery in both online and blended environments. Unfortunately, not all video is created equal. In order for it to serve as a productive part of the learning experience, it is important to organize your content into smaller segments. This not only increases user retention, but also helps you as the instructor plan and manage delivery. Join us on a journey to discover and discuss several methods and tools for chunking your videos.

Christopher Beeson, Instructional Technologist, DELTA

Yiling Chappelow, Lead Instructional Technologist, DELTA

D.H.Hill Library, ITTC Lab 1
Upgrade Your Trim Level: Create Interactive Content in Moodle with H5P

Are you ready to give your students a richer, more engaging learning experience in Moodle? In this session we will show you how you can easily upgrade your Moodle course with dynamic, interactive media using the new “Interactive Content” activity type, created by H5P. Participants will receive hands-on instruction and have time for exploration. No coding skills, account creation, or external software are necessary!

Arlene Mendoza- Moran, Instructional Technologist, DELTA D.H.Hill Library, ITTC Lab 2
Increasing Classroom Dialogue With Digital Backchannels

Use of dialogue to increase student understanding and reasoning is a critical pedagogical strategy, but instructors are often limited by the amount of time available in a class to guide students. Is it possible to increase the “space” available in a classroom for students to engage in dialogue? The answer is YES. There are multiple free and easy to use tools that can help us increase student engagement and participation in classroom dialogue by using a “backchannel”. A backchannel conversation involves maintaining a real-time online discussion simultaneously to live, spoken remarks. In this session, participants will explore the use of tech tools for backchannel conversation in order to increase student engagement and participation in classroom discussions. The session will incorporate research supporting this strategy as well as a backchannel conversation to enhance participants’ experience.


Rebekah S. Davis, Digital Learning Graduate Assistant

Bethany V. Smith Associate Director, Instructional Technology Training, DELTA

D.H.Hill Library, MSC
11:30-12:15 Lunch (provided) D.H.Hill Library, Assembly Room
12:15-1:15 Speak Up! – Students Engage and Succeed through VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a free, asynchronous discussion and presentation tool which allows students and instructors to collaborate and share text, images, video and audio recordings easily. Participants will learn how VoiceThread can be used to quickly transform passive presentations and text heavy discussion boards into media-rich interactive experiences which engage students.

Laura B. Fogle, Assistant Director METRC, College of Education D.H.Hill Library, ITTC Lab 1
Exam Wrappers & Grades with Context

In large courses, test grades are typically returned with minimal feedback or message from the instructor. This is especially detrimental for students that might have received low grades as they might be discouraged. In this session, we will discuss an automated method to return grades with a “”personal”” message from the instructor that gives context of the grade, encourages the student to persevere and teaches Growth Mindset.

We will also discuss the idea of exam wrappers where students are given the opportunity to reflect on how they performed on the test. Using exam wrappers, the students can self identify strategies to improve their learning. By reflecting on their test grade the students can identify topics that they still don’t understand. And even further, they can map their proficiency using well-defined learning objectives.

Lina Battestilli, Teaching Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science D.H.Hill Library, ITTC Lab 2
Tell me and I will forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

Student engagement is commonly described as the degree of cognitive investment, active participation, and emotional commitment while learning. It is believed that student engagement is one of the most reliable predictors of successful learning. However, there are often significant differences in what students and teachers perceive as engaging – the concept is multifaceted and complex, comprising motivation, transactional engagement, institutional support, and active citizenship. In this session we will try to summarize the different aspects of student engagement; motivated by a planned course redesign, we will describe and discuss popular methods and misconceptions about how to promote student engagement for both, in class and online teaching.

Dr. Steffen Heber, Associate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science

Dr. Sarah S. Heckman, Teaching Associate Professor, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science

D.H.Hill Library, MSC
1:15-1:30 Transition
1:30-2:30 Quality Matters: From the trenches

Join a panel of faculty members that participated in our pilot run of the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) last spring. The panel members will discuss the process of improving their online course using the Quality Matters Standards which led to having their courses peer-reviewed officially by Quality Matters. How did this experience influence their course design? What changed in their online course? These questions and more will be highlighted by our panel.

OCIP Faculty D.H.Hill Library, MSC